Search for cougar closes popular Columbia River Gorge trail

first_imgA popular hiking trail in the Columbia River Gorge is closed while authorities search for a cougar.The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area announced the temporary closure of the Angel’s Rest Trail and nearby Palmer Mill Road on Thursday morning. Authorities are searching for the cougar, which reportedly killed at least one goat Wednesday night.Rick Swart, an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman, said a landowner in the Bridal Veil area saw a cougar feeding on or attacking at least one of his goats Wednesday night. The landowner fired a shot at it, according to Swart, and called law enforcement.Authorities responded, Swart said, and went out with spotlights to try to find the cougar. They saw a cougar and also took a shot at it, Swart said.The Scenic Area initially reported the cougar was wounded, but Swart said Thursday afternoon that there is no confirmation of the cougar being injured.Authorities have set up a trap and trail cameras, Swart said. They don’t plan to deploy dogs to search for the cougar, though that remains a possibility.last_img

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